Erica Ellis will make jump to Division I college track and field at Penn State

The conditions to jump were less than ideal at Rick Suhr’s pole vault facility in Riga.

It was New Year’s Day. Suhr was unsure whether it would even be possible to coach a high school athlete, given the demands of world-class track and field on his wife, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr, and himself.

Erica Ellis, however, was willing to show what she could do in the pole vault, as a freshman in high school.

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